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Any information you can give on these bricks would be appreciated


N



Possibly made at an Estate brickworks owned by the 5th Marquess of Northampton. Info & Photo by Martyn Fretwell courtesy of the Bill Richardson Collection at Southwick Hall.

N C or S N?





Part of a large batch found at a recycling centre by Nigel Furniss.  The location of the dots on the blue brick seem to indicate S N but N S is also possible.


N W B Co.



Photo by Ray Martin

O & L



Found in the remains of the Cardigan brick works, Leeds by Mike Green. 

OHO

Found on the bank of the River Thames by Germander Speedwell


P & B



This brick was found at Buckle lane/Wakefield Road, Normanton, West Yorkshire.  Image PRBCO.

P B T C



Found in Essex by Christopher Smith.

P & S



Possibly Parkinson & Spencer Ltd who still operate from Ambler Thorn Fireclay Works in Holmfield near Halifax.  Photo and info by Alan Davies.

P. C.

Found in Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire.


P L



Found in West Bromwich by William Whitehead.

P & O



Found by Peter Hughes in  Baildon, West Yorkshire.

Parkers Patent



Found by Gary Davies at Acrefair, near Wrexham.

Philadelphia



Found by Mark Cranston by the Firth of Forth, County Durham or U S A?

Pyman

Photo taken by Gary Scurr at the remains of an old lead smelt mill in Frosterley, County Durham.


P. S. S.

Found near Weardale, County Durham.


R



Spotted on a farm near Tamworth by Mike Shaw.

R. E. (A)



Found near the village of Wales, Rotherham.  Photo by Frank Lawson.

R H I & C Co.



This brick was found by the River Ancholme neat Horkstow North LIncolnshire. Lettering suggests  Robert Heath Iron & Coal Co., but it was found a long way from Biddulph. Can anyone from Scunthorpe suggest a more local Company? Image PRBCO.

R. P. C.

Photo by Simon Patterson


R S & W E Entwistle



Photo by courtesy of the Colin Driver collection. Colin writes: Found on Turton Moor. I'm completely in the dark with this one.I'm presuming Entwisle is the place name rather than a surname,as it's only a couple of miles away.
Any further info would be very welcome.

R V S



Photo by courtesy of the Colin Driver collection.

R Y K



Found by Hugh Owen on the foreshore near the site of the demolished Carmarthen Bay Power Station

S (with crown)



Photo by Nigel Furniss, who thinks it could be Sheffield.

S B L C



Found by Frank Lawson near Chesterfield in Derbyshire.

S. I. C.

Found at Brimington, Chesterfield by Simon Patterson.

Found in N. E. Derbyshire by Simon Patterson.  Philip Rothery writes: As Staveley is listed as Staveley Iron & Chemical Co Ltd in Clay Products Directory 1961 and in the UDC guide 1970, I suggest STANTON to be the more likely maker of [ S I C ] but it's letters only and we can never be certain.

info found at Matlock Archives - Martyn Fretwell writes:  This brickworks on Derby Road, Ilkeston was originally owned by the Oakwell Red & Blue Brick Co. Kelly’s 1916 to 1928 & is then recorded as Stanton Ironworks Co. Ltd. Stanton Brickworks, Derby Road, Ilkeston  in Kelly’s 1932 to 1941 editions, 1941 being the last Trade Directory at Matlock Archives. SIC = Stanton Ironworks Company.


S R Co.



Photo by Martyn Fretwell courtesy of Newark & Sherwood Museum Services.


Sharp

J Sharp? Discovered by Rainer while renovating his house in Salzhemmendorf, Germany.


Staffordshire

Found by Vladimir Smirnov in St. Petersburg.  Frank Lawson adds:  Possibly: Staffordshire Terra Cotta & Fire Brick Co., Wimblebury, Hednesford, Staffs.   Kelly's Staffordshire Directory 1904.


T



Found at Wharton Hall Colliery shaft, Little Hulton, Lancashire. The T may stand for Tynesbank near Walkden. The brick is slightly larger than standard bricks in all it's dimensions.  Photo and info by Alan Davies.

T A & Co.

Found by Vladimir Smirnov in St. Petersburg.


T B



Photo by Mark Cranston.

T B C



Photo by courtesy of the Colin Driver collection.

T C



Found near Hurst Castle by Nigel Furniss.

T L



Photographed at Four Oaks Reclamation Yard by Martyn Fretwell.

T L - H C P



Photo taken at Bursledon Brick Museum by Martyn Fretwell.

T N



Found in an agricultural stable block, built in 1888, in Great Hormead, Buntingford, Herts by James Wild. 

T W & Co.



Found in a derelict limekiln at Garrigill, Alston, Cumbria by David Kitching.

Tickle



Found in Maryport, Cumbria by Mark Cranston.

Tree Design

This intriguing brick was found in Somerset by Brian Murless.


V E 11



Found in Baildon, West Yorkshire by Peter Hughes, quite probably a modern brick.


VIII



Found in the old kiln wall at Woburn Sands by Nigel Furniss.

W



A white glazed W brick seen in Kettering by Dave Clemo.


W B



Found in Scarborough by Nigel Megson.

W & B



Photo by courtesy of the Richard Symonds collection.

W. B. C.



Photo by Ray Martin.



I have found three companies which may have made WBC bricks. They are the Walsall Brick Co. Green Lane, Walsall, Kelly’s 1900 edition - Willenhall B.Co, Noose Lane, Willenhall, Kelly’s 1928 edition - Wednesfield B.Co. Church St, Heath Town, Wolverhampton, Kelly's 1928 edition. Info & Photographed at Four Oaks Reclamation Yard by Martyn Fretwell.

W B & T Co.



Photographed at Bursledon Brick Museum by Martyn Fretwell.

W B Y



Photo by Martyn Fretwell courtesy of the Bill Richardson Collection at Southwick Hall. 

W C



Found on the beach at Walton On The Naze, Essex by Stuart Whenmouth.  Obviously been there for a long time!

W C & Co.



Found on a farm in the Ingram Valley, Northumberland, origin not known.

W. C. M.

Photo by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.  Found in Ravenscar, N Yorks.


W F



Photographed at Romsey Reclamation Yard by Martyn Fretwell.

Wt Hr?



Photo taken in Middlesbrough by Simon Hunter.

W J



Martyn Fretwell writes: With this brick being photographed at Cawarden Reclamation Yard, Rugeley, could it have been made by William Jones, Rumer Hill Tileries, Cannock. Kelly’s 1872 to 1900 editions?

W L N



Found Macclesfield, Cheshire 2016. Origin not known. Photo by courtesy of the Frank Lawson collection.

X

Thanks to Darren Haywood for the photo.  Ron Young is pretty certain that this is a product of the Clay Cross Company


XII

Found in Glastonbury by John Biggs.


X Y Z



Found at Renishaw, Derbyshire by Michael Hardy. One of several forming a plinth on which a statue is set in the grounds of Renishaw Hall.





Front and back of an XYZ brick, found near Chesterfield by Dave Penney.

XX



Photo by Colin Wooldridge from the John Cooksey Collection.

Y L



Found by Alan Davies in Lancashire.
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